Fall Gardening Tasks

Early fall is an important time for garden maintenance and preparation, as it sets the stage for a healthy garden in the coming seasons. The specific tasks you need to perform can vary depending on your location and climate, but here are some common garden tasks for early fall:

Clean Up and Remove Debris

  • Remove spent annuals and vegetables that have finished producing.
  • Rake up fallen leaves and other debris to prevent disease and pests from overwintering. Some gardeners work fallen leaves into the soil to decompose and provide organic matter. Others believe leaves and organic debris left on the ground are important for beneficial insects.

Pruning & Trimming

  • Prune dead or diseased branches from trees and shrubs.
  • Trim back perennials that have finished blooming to encourage healthy growth next year.

Divide & Transplant

  • Divide and transplant overgrown perennials—for example fall is the perfect time to divide and replant iris.
  • Move any plants that are in the wrong location or need better sun/shade exposure.

Plant Spring-Blooming Bulbs

  • Plant bulbs like tulips, daffodils and crocus for spring blooms. This should be done before the ground freezes.
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Fertilize & Amend Soil

  • Fertilize your garden beds with a balanced fertilizer to provide essential nutrients for plants.
  • Add organic matter, such as compost, to improve soil structure.


  • Apply a layer of mulch to help regulate soil temperature and moisture, and to prevent weeds.

Lawn Care

  • Continue to mow the lawn as needed until it goes dormant.
  • Aerate and overseed if necessary to repair any thin or bare areas.

Fall Vegetable Planting

  • In some regions, you can plant cool-season vegetables like lettuce, spinach, kale and radishes for a fall harvest.

Pest and Disease Control

  • Inspect plants for signs of pests and diseases and take appropriate action.
  • Consider applying dormant oil spray to trees and shrubs to control overwintering pests.

Garden Tool Maintenance

  • Clean and sharpen your garden tools to keep them in good condition for next season.

Harvest & Preserve

  • Harvest any remaining fruits and vegetables.
  • Consider preserving the harvest through canning, freezing or drying.

Plan & Order

  • Start planning for next year’s garden, including what plants you want to grow and any changes you want to make to your garden layout.
  • Order seeds or plants for early spring planting if needed.

Know Your Plant Hardiness Zone

Remember that the specific timing of these tasks can vary depending on your location and the local climate. For Plant Hardiness Zones in the USA or Canada. Be sure to adjust your schedule accordingly and consult with local gardening resources or experts for more precise guidance based on your area.

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